15
Oct

PDN Faces 2013 Winner

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Contest

Portrait of Macklemore by photographer John Keatley.

Colonel Meow portrait by photographer John Keatley.

I am so proud to be included in the 2013 PDN Faces contest.  Both of these portraits were selected and are in the September issue of PDN.  I know what you are thinking.  That is a whole lot of fur…

I first photographed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis two days before the Heist was released.  It’s hard to believe that was a year ago now.  A lot has changed since then.

My other furry friend is Colonel Meow.  If you are not familiar with him, he is only one of the most famous cats on the Internet.  So there you have it.  That being said, he was terrible to work with.  He showed up late, was rude and inconsiderate, and he reeked of Scotch.  I have nothing kind to say about him.  But I do like this portrait, and I am glad I won a contest with it.

17
Jul

2011 PDN Faces

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Awards, Editorial Work, Personal Work

The 2011 PDN Faces issue is out, and Plants Vs. Zombies is a winner in the Celebrity/Editorial Portraits category.  My Liberia series also won, under the Environmental Portraiture category.  Last year, my portrait of Annie Leibovitz was the feature image in PDN Faces.  It’s a thrill to have my work included in the contest again.  Last July through April of this year felt like I was going at 200 mph non stop, and it’s nice to be able to slow down a little bit in the summer and reflect back on the work I have done this past year.  It is even more satisfying to have that work recognized by the various contests I have won recently.  Now it’s time to get busy again.  Lots to do and look forward to.  The new Keatley office project, the 2011 Christmas photo, some new video projects, and hopefully more fun work as well.  I just finished a short video about my experience in Liberia this past January, and I will post it shortly (tonight).  I think you will like it.

Side note: Co-founder of PopCap Games, John Vechey (pictured above) trumped my award just a little when PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts for $1.3 billion,  just days after the PDN award became public.  Congrats John.  Dolla dolla bills, y’all.  I like to think the awards for this picture is what pushed EA to pull the trigger.  Not that I am surprised, because just days after I photographed TechCrunch founder and CEO Michael Arrington in his home, TechCrunch was purchased by AOL for $30 million.  You seeing a pattern here?  I can’t legally promise companies will throw millions of dollars at you after I take your picture, but…  Hey, that could make a great promo.

The list of this years Faces winners is on the official contest website.  I haven’t had a chance to see the issue in person yet, but I am looking forward to sitting down with it.

14
May

2010 PDN Photo Annual

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Awards

John Keatley's photography website was selected=

Wow, how exciting!  My website, www.keatleyphoto.com was just published in this years PDN Photo Annual as one of the top photography websites.  In addition to the magazine, all of the contest winners and judges can be seen in an online gallery.  When my current website went live last year, I was feeling really good about my chances of getting it into PDN thanks to the excellent work of my graphic designer Greg Lutze.  I entered it into the competition, but never heard anything back.  When I saw on Twitter the winners were being notified and I didn’t hear anything, I figured I didn’t make the cut and I put it out of my mind.

Last week I was emailing with a friend, and he said, congrats on your site in PDN.  I had no idea what he was talking about, but sure enough, my site was selected.  I just thought I would share my excitement, and take this opportunity to encourage you to take a peek at one of the best photography websites of year!

29
May

Interview On PDN Features

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work, Press & Interviews

Seattle Seahawks Seagals cheerleader Tessa.  Photographed in her home by John Keatley.

PDN just posted a great online article with interviews from me and Danny Wilcox Frazier (here).  It covers our work in the new American Youth book that was released this month.  We have been getting some fantastic press for this, and none of it would have been possible without the wonderful people at Redux.  

I am getting ready to head out to New York for two weeks, and I will finally get to see the actual book for the first time.  I am also looking forward to talking with many of the people who put so much time and energy into this project.  Should be fun.

This is an outtake from the book, but one of my favorite pictures from the Seagals pictures.

Special thanks to Jasmine DeFoore and Conor Risch for this article.

PDN online article - http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/photojournalism/e3if6edc43bfbecc72af9626bec0b2f5b69